The Exterminating Angel
Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.
Is this Opera for You?
In my opinion, that’s a tough question. If you like cutting edge, avant garde productions, then this may be just what you are looking for.
However, if you are more a fan of traditional opera and traditional, melodic music, this may not be your best bet. You are unlikely to go home humming any of the music from this opera.
You might consider going on Youtube and listening to some excerpts before you decide.
The plot of the opera, like the plot of the film upon which it is based, involves a bunch of upper class people attending a dinner party which they are not able to leave.